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Wednesday September 19, 2018
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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3

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Pink Chair Project Highlights Inspiring Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors paint chairs that will be showcased throughout Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens 
 
Jupiter Medical Center and the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center are proud to present the “Pink Chair Project,” a campaign to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about breast health during the month of October.
The project features chairs decorated by breast cancer survivors, whose designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. Each chair is as unique as the survivor. For instance, Donna’s design illustrates her spiritual faith and her gratitude to her family and her medical team; Kris’ ocean design is inspired in part by the mythical strength of the seahorse; and there’s Marine, whose children inspired her family-centered design. In some cases, they are being created in collaboration with volunteers who embrace the survivor and her artistic vision.
 
Jupiter Medical Center is hosting decorating parties where some of the women will gather and work on their projects together. The first is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta. Once completed, the chairs will be displayed in several shops at The Gardens Mall, as well as the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, South Florida Science Center and other locations to raise awareness about breast health, during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each chair will feature a picture of the survivor along with a narrative that explains the origin of her design.
 
“The Pink Chair Project is a beautiful way to pay tribute to this group of courageous women, some of whom are newly diagnosed or living with metastatic breast cancer, while others are in remission,” said Dr. Nancy Taft, medical director of Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Program. “At each stage of their diagnosis and treatment, they have displayed courage and resolve. They truly are survivors, and we are honored to share their stories through this project and hopefully inspire others who are facing a similar challenge.”
 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, and it is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death among women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States – including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. 
 
Jupiter Medical Center’s Pink Chair project also will raise awareness about the importance of women and men knowing their risk for breast cancer, recognizing signs and symptoms of the disease, and getting mammograms each year. 
 
“We know that women have a greater chance of survival when their cancer is diagnosed early,” said Dr. Orna Hadar, a breast imaging specialist at the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center. “Our hope this project will inspire all women to be screened for breast cancer on a regular basis. Early detection saves lives and transforms cancer patients into cancer survivors.”
 
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. 
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,650 team members, 637 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10 percent of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.
 
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